Summer Sandals…..

There’s still plenty of summer left……and your feet want to breathe!


Gotta love the very modern design of the Dopie, from the masters of cool eco-shoes, Terra Plana. Made from recycled EVA and foam rubber, the sandal (?) is one piece of molded material. When you get good at walking in these, you can remove the strap. Sounds like a challenge!

El NaturalistaEl Naturalista 2

El Naturalista’s slogan is “caminar por la vida” (walking through life). To help you hit the streets with your feet rather than a car, try these creative hippie sandals. Made from recycled cork footbed and recycled rubber scented with tea tree oil.

Splaff Hipster

Splaff Flopps are made from recycled tires and more:

Splaff Flopps started in a garage in 1997 with a tire, a bike tube, and a shoe knife. The vision was to make comfortable, long lasting, fairly priced sandals from recycled materials. Today Splaff Flopps are hand crafted in California with the same integrity. The soles are made with recycled car tires, the straps are made with used bicycle inner tubes, the footbed covering and strap linings are made with hemp fabric, and the mid sole is made with regupol (a cushioned material made from used tires which have been chipped and pressed into mats). Splaff Flopps are produced in a 100% waste free process in which all left over materials are either re-used or recycled.

Learn how to make your own shoes from tires at this site (via: Great Green Goods)

recycled flops

And if you know how to knit, you can always recycle your old flops like Atomic Rose did!
(Via: FiftyRx3)

Simple Toe FooSimple GT Jane

Simple’s Green Toe line is super-sustainable, and really cute, with fun fabric designs and creative use of materials. I haven’t worn them (yet) but they look super-comfy too! The Toe Foo flip flop (top) is made of jute, a sustainable plant, natural latex, and are held together with non-toxic water-based glues. The GT Jane (bottom) is made of a combination of jute, recycled car tires, and bamboo.
See more of Simple’s Green Toe line at The Daily Green.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.